Month: February 2012


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The most common outbreak that occurs on a cruise ship is called the Noro virus. It is a highly contagious gastro-intestinal illness that strikes mainly where people are living in close quarters, and displays symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. There can’t be much worse than getting ill on your vacation, especially when you’re confined mainly to a tiny room with a port window and a constant sway of the ocean. While the Noro virus isn’t too serious an illness, the aggressive way it can spread on a cruise ship makes it particularly grotesque. The worst outbreaks are notable for the sheer volume of passengers afflicted and the way the crew dealt with the illness.…

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A recent Florida motorcycle vs. car accident resulted in the death of the motorcyclist involved. The 33-year-old was riding his motorcycle along with the traffic, but due to an unknown miscalculation, he rear-ended a car. The force of the impact tossed him off his motorcycle, whereupon he was hit by a southbound vehicle. He was transported to the hospital, but to no avail. The injuries he’d sustained in the accident proved to be too great, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
 
Though the motorcyclist suffered the greatest loss, it does also appear that he was at fault. Though his family would not have cause to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, another twist could occur that would necessitate the services of a car accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale.…

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Category: Personal Injury

Fort Lauderdale and other areas of Broward County see their fair share of personal injury cases. Usually, personal injury attorneys contend with cases based upon accidents and negligence;
 
however, it’s not uncommon for people in Florida and elsewhere to face a personal injury lawsuit for deliberately inflicting harm upon others. The following example illustrates a case where criminal charges and a personal injury lawsuit are both appropriate courses of action.
 
On January 5, 2012, two people were arrested following an incident involving a group of teenagers in which a 15-year-old girl, Kiana Henry, was stabbed on her way home from school. Ms. Henry survived the stabbing, but her injuries were substantial.…

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The House Civil Justice Committee got it right this year when they voted down the “Bad Faith Reform” bill (HB 427)sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) 8-7. Three of the 8 “NO” votes were made by Republicans, who were evidently not convinced that doing away with Insurance Bad Faith was “business friendly” or consumer friendly, as it was touted.
 
Rep. Passidomo’s Bill represents the latest attempt by certain members of the Florida legislature to add restrictions to “third party” bad faith claims.
 
In the State of Florida, every insurance policy vests the right to settle (or not settle) a liability claim with the Carrier. However, if the Carrier decides not to resolve a claim when they can and should, or fails to protect their insured from a verdict in excess of the policy limits, they can be found guilty of “bad faith claims handling”, and forced to pay the judgment, even if it is in excess of policy limits.…

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Category: News | Personal Injury

All Four Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey partners selected as 2012 “Super Lawyers”
 
Fort Lauderdale, February 2012 — All four Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey partners have been selected as 2012 SuperLawyers, an honor reserved for the top 5% of the lawyers in the State..  Founding partner, John K. Lawlor was selected for the first time; managing partner, Andrew Y. Winston was selected for the second consecutive year, partner Anthony B. White, a prior SuperLawyers “Rising Star” was selected for the first time and partner, M. Benjamin Murphey was also selected, for the third consecutive year as a Super Lawyer “Rising Star”, reserved for the top 2.5% of eligible lawyers in the State.…

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For the second time in the last three weeks, a Princess Cruise Ship, the “Crown Princess”, shipping out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was forced to return to port early due to a sweeping outbreak of norovirus.
 
The ship was “sanitized” following its last voyage when it returned to port with approximately 200 people onboard sick. Following that outbreak, Princess claimed it conducted a thorough “sanitization” of the ship, declared it safe for passengers, and allowed it to depart on February 4 for a seven day cruise to Curacao and Aruba.
 
However, Princess’ assurance to its passengers was, apparantly, premature and irresponsible–the ship returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale today with another 200+ passengers sick with the stomach virus.…

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